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Welcome to Columbia Evangelical Seminary

A Welcome from the President, Dr. Eric Odell-Hein: Hello and welcome to Columbia Evangelical Seminary. Here at CES, we strive to offer students a high-quality Christian education that is affordable and flexible with regard to schedule and location. . . click here to read the full statement . . .

Top Ten Graduate Programs in Apologetics:
Columbia Evangelical Seminary
is listed in the Top Ten. Click here for the full statement

Distance Learning: Columbia Evangelical Seminary's purpose is to provide enriching biblical, ministerial, and theological training and education via self-paced Distance Learning by Mentorship Study with no residency requirements whatsoever. Click here for the full statement

Affiliate Status: Columbia Evangelical Seminary is an affiliate institution of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. As such, it participates in and contributes to collegial and professional development activities of the association. Affiliate status does not, however, constitute, imply, or presume ABHE accredited status at present or in the future. For more, see Accreditation Information.

Apologetics315 Interview with Rick Walston of Columbia Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Walston answers these questions . . .
• What does the college offer?
• What is mentorship study?
• How are the courses self-paced?
• How is coursework customized for each student?
• How does a student select their mentor?
• Who are some of the faculty?
• Is CES accredited? Why not?
• What to watch out for with accreditation
• Who needs an accredited school?
• Who is this school not for?
• Who is this school a good match for?
• Does CES measure up to 'brick and mortar' schools?
• What are the degree programs CES offers?
• What are the tuition costs? (with comparisons)
• And more...

Research on Religion Interview with Rick Walston of Columbia Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Anthony Gill, professor of political science at the University of Washington and distinguished senior fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion, interviews Dr. Walston about Columbia Evangelical Seminary's distance learning programs. "We talk with Dr. Rick Walston, founder and president of Columbia Evangelical Seminary, as he discusses his history and the challenges associated with creating a seminary where students are not physically present on campus."

Endorsement from Dr. John Bear, Distance Learning Expert and Diploma Mill Consultant to the FBI, 1979-1992

". . . Columbia Evangelical Seminary is true to its mission statement and offers its students both an education and a credential of which they can be justly proud." — John B. Bear, Ph.D., Author of Bears' Guide to Earning College Degrees Nontraditionally (over 300,000 in print), and Diploma Mill Consultant to the FBI, 1979-1992. Click here for full endorsement

Endorsement from Dr. James R. White, Director of Alpha & Omega Ministries

“Columbia . . . operates very much like the European ‘mentoring’ method, where you design a program and work with an individual scholar on achieving your goals. It does not have a campus or all the attendant trappings (and costs), hence, the tuition is about 1/10th to 1/5th of the traditional schools . . . Everything I did ended up helping others, which made it seem, to me anyway, like a truly Christian experience of education.” — Dr. James R. White, Director of Alpha & Omega Ministries. Click here for full endorsement

A Special Word to Prospective Students.

Our Catalog on our Web Site
Columbia Evangelical Seminary has placed its entire catalog on this web site. As you navigate from page to page, by clicking on various links at the top and bottom of each page, you are seeing various pages from the CES catalog.

Our Catalog as a PDF
You may also download a PDF file of the entire catalog. Once downloaded, you may print your own copy of the CES catalog.